Community worker praises Droitwich library's new model for improving access to community events - The Droitwich Standard

Community worker praises Droitwich library's new model for improving access to community events

Droitwich Editorial 1st Nov, 2023   0

A DROITWICH community worker has praised the impact of the town’s newly adopted library model on her ability to offer support to local residents, in particular guests from Ukraine.

Thanks to the new Libraries Unlocked model – which extends opening hours – Lucy, a community builder with Droitwich CVS has been able to host volunteer events to engage the community and offer support to Ukrainians living in the area.

Over the past year, the library has provided free space for fortnightly Ukrainian Connections events.

Lucy said: “Droitwich Library is a fantastic space and to be able to have access to it from 8am to 8pm, has given the building a new lease of life.

“As a community builder, the use of Libraries Unlocked has enabled me to work with local residents and to partner with other organisations to hold events and activities to support the local community.

“This would not have been possible without longer library opening hours and free access to library space.”

Councillor Marcus Hart, cabinet member for Communities at Worcestershire County Council, said: “It’s truly inspiring to witness how Libraries Unlocked is facilitated meaningful connections among individuals within our community.

“The overwhelming participation and engagement by our valued community members have reaffirmed the importance of providing accessible and flexible library services.

“Libraries Unlocked has, without a doubt, unlocked the full potential of our libraries to serve as vibrant hubs for learning, connection, and community development.”

Since Libraries Unlocked was launched in Droitwich and Stourport Libraries in June 2022, library opening hours have increased by 85%, providing more flexibility and convenience for customers and community groups.

Customers who have upgraded to a free Libraries Unlocked membership can now visit the library between 8am – 8pm, Monday to Saturday, including previously closed days.

Library staff are still available throughout the week to provide much valued support.

Visit your library in person or call 01905 822722 to become a Libraries Unlocked member.


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